Mimusops coriacea

Thank you to regular contributor 3Point141@Flickr for sharing today’s photograph via the Botany Photo of the Day Flickr pool. Appreciated, as always.

Native to landmasses in the western Indian Ocean (Madagascar, Seychelles and Comoros), Mimusops coriacea can now be found cultivated in many tropical areas of the world. This gives a hint to some economic importance, and in this case there seem to be two reasons: some element of edibility and as a windbreak when planted in rows. Common names also hint that it is edible, including pomme Jacquot and monkey’s apple. However, online writings about eating the fruit imply that it is more enjoyed by children than adults (see: Eat the Weeds and Discover Mauritius). Unfortunately, like so many plant species transported to similar habitats and climates of their native range, it is listed as invasive in many areas where it has been introduced.

Mimusops coriacea

3 responses to “Mimusops coriacea”

  1. Susan Lass

    I really enjoy Botany Photo of the Day and find it both beautiful and instructive. For the benefit of amateur gardeners such as myself, would you consider including the pronunciation of the Latin name? So often I have only read the Latin name and have never heard it said aloud. Thank you.

  2. Peony Fan

    Wonderful photo; I really like the composition. I don’t know if I’ve come across this fruit before but it reminds me of something I once bought in a market in Vietnam.

  3. michael aman

    I assume it is the pulp that is edible. Looks like very low pulp to seed ratio, or are the seeds edible too?

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